These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Ned Stark Lives
Holy Shit Quotient: Part III, Chapter 9. Melisandre awakens a stone dragon, Jaqen H'ghar stabs her and saves Gendry, Arya and Ser Davos, the stone dragon eats Melisandre alive and flies away, and all of this is happening as the Dragonstone volcano is in eruption!
Gets subverted after Gendry gets arrested at White Harbor by Stannis's men. The news of their marriage leaked out in a big way and Ned is out of action. To add to the drama, Arya goes on an eerily-familiar name chanting mantra...
Tear Jerker: The death of Maester Luwin, even more now that the Stark family was able to tend to his mortal wound.
Robb Stark dying from his wounds inflicted by Ramsay, even after winning the trial by combat. The fact that he comes back to life at the end of the chapter doesn't help the fact that he dies in the books.
The fact that people that survived in the books die here, such as Ser Dontos (in the book saved by Sansa's suggestion that he could become the court fool) or Brienne (who was saved by Catelyn's intervention and witnessing of the shadow that kills Renly).
The death of Rodrik Cassel, though less horrifying than in the books, is just as tragic.